Connecticut Children’s Foundation Blog

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation Blog contains the latest division news, patient success stories and featured events. Check back regularly to see what our donors, patients and care providers have been doing.

“Greatest Gala on Earth” Salutes Nursing

Categories: Events
Kim Helm, RN is just one nurse who will benefit from Bid for Kids support.
This year, Connecticut Children’s 2019 Gala will take place on Saturday, November 2. It’s billed as the “Greatest Gala on Earth” and will salute the nurses who care for children like Nick Stratton. Proceeds from the Gala’s “Bid for Kids” appeal will benefit the Nursing Department and, ultimately, all patients who receive care at Connecticut …

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“Cups for Kids” Campaign Helps Kids Like Bianca

Categories: Cause Related Marketing Partnerships
Cumberland Farms Staff visit with Bianca Mollica at Connecticut Children's
Nine-year-old Bianca Mollica is a remarkably active girl. She and her mother, Camella, appreciate having a Cumberland Farms store near their home in Wethersfield because it’s so convenient. As they shuttle between various activities they can easily stop and pick up a “Cups for Kids” Chill Zone beverage. During the month of August, those cold …

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Walmart & Sam’s Club Campaign Ensures Expert Care

Categories: Cause Related Marketing Partnerships, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Andy, Abby and Alex Bushnik
For nearly 30 years, Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the region have supported Connecticut Children’s. Through the generosity of employees and customers, their annual fundraising campaign ensures kids like Alex and Andy get the expert care they need. Fifteen-year-old twins Alex and Andy Bushnik are alike in a lot of ways, but their trips …

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Sweepin’ the Clouds Away with Sunflowers

Categories: Cause Related Marketing Partnerships
Maddie at Lyman Orchards
For the past 12 years, Lyman Orchards, a family-owned farm in Middlefield, CT, has been sweepin’ the clouds away for children and adults alike through their Sunflower Maze. This year’s Sesame Street 50th anniversary theme is sure to appeal to the child in everyone with more than 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers immersing visitors in …

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Growing New Organs in the Lab

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
seeded lung bioreactor
As a researcher and Connecticut Children’s Surgeon-in-Chief, Christine Finck, MD, is doing something that might seem impossible: She is growing new organs in the laboratory. Using genetic manipulation and 3-D printing, she has so far succeeded in growing esophageal and lung tissue, but the technology has the potential to eventually produce any organ, including brain …

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